2D14, D15, D17D14 - Describe combustion reactions of hydrocarbons and their resulting by- products.D15 - Explain the general formation and structure of carbon-based polymers, including synthetic polymers, such as polyethylene, and biopolymers, such as carbohydrate.D17 - Explain how the chemical structure of polymers affects their physical properties.
3What is a Polymer?Any of numerous natural and synthetic compounds consisting of up to millions of repeated linked simple Carbon based molecule called monomers.
4Polymerization Monomers are simple carbon molecules Polymerization is the process of combining many small molecules known as monomers into a covalently bonded chain.
5Natural Polymers (Biopolymers) Examples:CelluloseShellacAmberProteinsNucleic AcidsHair and Fur
8Resin Identification Code Symbol Abbreviation Polymer Type PET or PETE Polyethylene Terephthalate HDPE High Density Polyethylene PVC Polyvinyl Chloride or Vinyl LDPE Low Density Polyethylene PP Polypropylene PS Polystyrene Other Polymers or blends of polymers that do not fall into the other 6 classifications.
9Properties of Polymers (6) Polymers can be very resistant to chemicals that can break down other materials.Polymers can be both thermal and electrical insulators.Generally, polymers are very light in weight with significant degrees of strength.
10Properties of Polymers cont. Polymers are materials with a seemingly limitless range of characteristics and colors.Polymers are usually made of petroleum, but not always. Polymers can be used to make items that cannot be made from other materials.
11Inter-chain bonding (cross-links) The three factors that influence the degree of stiffness of a plastic are:Chain lengthChain branchingInter-chain bonding (cross-links)As a rule, mechanical properties such as ductility, tensile strength, and hardness rise and eventually level off with increasing chain length.The importance of the first two factors is nicely illustrated by the differences between HDPE and LDPE.
12HDPE vs LDPEHigh Density Polyethylene (HDPE) is composed of very long unbranched hydrocarbon chains.These materials, while being relatively strong and stiff, retain a degree of flexibility.Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) is composed of smaller and more highly branched chains.This material is therefore softer, weaker, less dense and more easily deformed than HDPE.
14There are two Plastic Types Thermoplastic PolymersThermoset Polymers
15Thermoplastic Polymers A Thermoplastic is a polymer in which the molecules are held together by weak forces.These soften when exposed to heat and return to its original condition when cooled back down to room temperature.When a thermoplastic is softened by heat, it can then be shaped by extrusion, molding, or pressing.Examples include milk jugs and carbonated soft drink bottles.
16Thermoset PolymersA Thermoset is a polymer that solidifies or “sets” irreversibly when heated or cured. A thermoset polymer can’t be softened once “set”. Thermosets are durable and strong They are used extensively in automobiles and construction including applications such as adhesives, inks, and coatings. The most common thermoset is a rubber tire
17Recycling Thermoplastics vs. Thermosets Thermoplastic: these are polymers that can be repeatedly softened or melted by heatingThese can be recycled by heating and reforming.Thermoset: cross-linked polymers that do NOT soften when heated because strands are not free to move.More cross-links = greater strengthThese are not easy to recycle and can only be cut or chopped into smaller pieces
18Thermoset: Vulcanized Rubber used to make strong tires
19Thermoplastics Remember the analogy to a plate of cooked spaghetti
21What happens when we are done using a polymer product??
22Durables vs. Non-Durables Products with a useful life of three years or more are referred to as durables.They include appliances, furniture, consumer electronics, automobiles, and building and construction materials.Products with a useful life of less than three years are generally referred to as non-durables.Common applications include packaging, trash bags, cups, eating utensils, sporting and recreational equipment, toys, medical devices and disposable diapers.
23What do we do with Polymers when they are no longer useful What do we do with Polymers when they are no longer useful? Three options and their consequencesDisposal in a landfillIncinerationRecycling
24Disposal in a landfillACTION: Polymers take a very long time to decompose if just buried in a landfill. CONSEQUENCE: Polymers placed in a landfill take up a lot of space and could possibly react with other materials to result in compounds that could be potentially harmful to the environment.
25IncinerationACTION: Incineration is the burning (combustion) of polymers.CONSEQUENCE: Incineration produces harmful gases that are toxic to the environment.
26Why is incineration dangerous? The Chemical Reaction for CombustionHydrocarbon + O2 CO2 + H2OThe complete combustion of hydrocarbons results in two products – Carbon dioxide and water.
27Products of Incineration Complete combustion results in the release of CO2, which is a greenhouse gasIncomplete combustion occurs if oxygen is in insufficient supply. This results in the release of CO (carbon monoxide) which is dangerous for organisms.
28RecyclingACTION: Recycling is a process during which waste materials are re-used in different ways to form new products.CONSEQUENCE: Recycling prevents waste of potentially useful materials, and reduces the consumption of fresh raw materials.
29Recycle - The best choice! Mechanical RecyclingFeedstock RecyclingSource Reduction
30Mechanical RecyclingOnce collected, plastics are sorted and then chopped into flakes, washed to remove contaminants and sold to manufacturers to make new products.
31Feedstock RecyclingThis is where the plastics are chemically reacted to form new substances that are used for another purpose than producing the original material.One way in which is this done is through Pyrolysis (heating without oxygen) . This process changes polymers such as PET or nylon into new starting materials.
32Source Reduction Use less materials! Redesign products and packaging that uses less polymer material.Reduce the amount the amount of polymer products that are purchased.Clean and Reuse the polymer products that have been purchased.
33What is the first question you are asked at the grocery store checkout?